[Spellyans] KK ha'n SWF - pronunciation

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Fri Aug 8 23:52:18 IST 2008


I never knew that was on Youtube.  If anyone was ever in any doubt the 
most fluent speaker of Cornish alive today is Dick Gendall, then this 
must surely convince you.  He's in his 80s now, but he started to learn 
the language when he was 4.   This man can THINK in Cornish.  I have 
seen him do this in front of an audience with not a scrap of paper in 
front of him.  For me, at least, THIS is Cornish as it should be 
spoken.  Remember the descriptions of the spoken Cornish from years when 
it was still a community vernacular.

"Lively and manly spoken" - William Scawen (c. 1680)

"Spoken rapidly" - Don Antonio Ortes (1600) [coming from a Spaniard, 
that must be taken seriously!]

This clip shows extremely well what these two gentlemen were 
describing.  Now, compare this to the KK speakers on the Youtube menu. 
(Well, you can't.  There's no comparison whatsoever).

Craig


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